one browses through the Christafari website,
reading all the material that we are
discussing in this essay, one finally lands
on the Christafari message boards .
is where much communication goes on.
are three people working for Christafari as
“moderators”, at least two of them
a place on the Forum with the name
“Witnessing to Rastas ”
you can also participate in what is called
“Rasta and Ganja Reasoning”.
is where I have spent hundreds of hours
since I originally wrote my essay, then an
a few years I was reading, writing and
reasoning there directly with Christafarians
on their own ground .
This enabled me to study and document
Christafarianism even further.
they were fiercely “witnessing to Rastas”,
I was trying to find out how to witness to a
that they were really “witnessing to
Rastas”, and not that I found out how to
witness to a Christafarian .
that I miserably failed, I must confess.
nevertheless I was provided with a first row
seat in the Christafari laboratory while the
fruits of this evangelical correct mix of
“Rastafari” and “Christianity”
materialized before my very eyes.
documented the manifestation of the fears in
my vision as I saw Rastafarians who
attempted to reason with the Christafarians,
trying to address the very same points
addressed in this essay with a kind of
humbleness I can only write about, leaving
the place in a silence that can only be
interpretate as a state of total shock.
shivers ran over my back every time a
Christafarian denied the faith of a brother
in Kristos just because this brother is a Rastafarian.
filled me when provocateurs were given free speech to express disdain over almost every
aspect of Rastafari, using the teachings of
Christafari to proof their points to an audience that was absolutely not
hindered by the presence of any knowledge
concerning that very movement they imitate
to feel good in their own world at the
expense of their Christian Idren in
friends punched me hard to proof that I
wasn’t dreaming when Christafari took away
the Name of JAH in their future releases
only to stick with a word “God”, which
has a pagan etymological background, in an
attempt to stop Christafarians from becoming “too rasta”.
the name JAH is a thousand times more valid
to describe the Most High then the word
“God”, making it one of the last valid
points within Christafarianism ,
it turned out that in order to continue
only the “christafarized” aspects of
Rastafari can remain.
broke my mind over the question how to break
through this matrix where the Christafarians
experience their virtual reality in.
mind went back in time to re-experience the
years in which I came to know this
phenomenon in the hope to find an answer.
from an evangelical back ground myself, and
because of my Jah given identity having
connections with the movement of Rastafari
too, I became aware of the controversies
that follow Christafari wherever they go
shortly after my introduction to “the
first American Christian reggae band”.
far back as 1996 I initially did some
“damage control ”
for Christafari on several occasions in
which Rastafarians expressed their outrage
over publications about Christafari in which
the movement of Rastafari was being
discredited in what later turned out to be
the house style of the Christafarians.
have already mentioned the article in which
Rastafari was portrayed as a group of people
supporting to kill all white people. There
was another article in which Christafari was
described laughing over the death of Bob
“damage control” consisted out of
contacting Mark Mohr and asking him to
rectify the statements in the articles. Back
then I really couldn’t believe that
someone who I thought was a Yesus Dread
would actually discredit the movement of
Rastafari in Christian publications.
he did express that he was not the source of
the information and that he also had never
laughed over Bob Marley’s death, this was
being done in the same way as it is done
today. Public statements for the massive and
private statements for damage control.
prepared to help an overzealous brother who
makes mistakes out of the trouble he’s
gotten himself into and I’m willing to go
far for that.
I told my Rastafarian brothers about the
private emails I received. When it happened
a third time I woke up and smelled the
coffee did its work. I began a seven
yearlong journey to find out why there was
little use in trying to ease the pressure
between Christafari and Rastafarians .
I thought were incidents caused by an
overzealous ignorant American Christian
reggae band had begun to form a pattern.
pattern we know have come to know under the
name of Christafarianism .
is the philosophy that we saw exposed in
this essay for what it is, the “culture”
that is created to forward Christafari into
the CCMIC mainstream at the expense of so many people who suffer
directly because of it.
directly denies the faith of those within
the movement of Rastafari ,
even those who can be considered a
Christian. Christafarianism similarly labels
everybody who criticizes it as an enemy of
expenses are kind of high in my estimation.
without these expenses, it is impossible for
Christafarianism to exist .
From the name to the game to the fame,
everything is based on an alleged gap
between Christianity and Rastafari.
no effort, so it seems, is spared to
maintain that gap.
that gap intellectually and you directly
take away the foundation on which
Christafarianism rests .
that gap by simply existing with your Jah
given identity as a Yesus Dread and find yourself back as involuntary subject of public
“scrutiny” in which it doesn’t even
matter what you say about Yesus Kristos or
Selassie, the absence of an anti marijuana
stance is enough to “doubt your salvation”.
I didn’t only document and observe what
was going on, I actively and passively
participated in discussions and debates
about almost every subject you can think of
in this context.
I found that statement by Christafari,
literally stating that Christafarianism was
nothing more and nothing less than the
culture Christafari created with their fan
base to get a place at the top of the CCMIC,
the Christian Contemporary Musical
Industrial Complex .
I realized why there is little use to try to
ease the pressure between Rastafarians and
that doesn’t say a thing about the
we saw before, the Christafarians are taken
into a certain mindset that pictures
Rastafarians as enemies of Yesus Kristos,
ready to use violence against the
we blame the Christafarian when all the info
he gets comes from evangelical sources?
we also shouldn’t leave the Christafarian
in the position in which he finds himself in
crucial question is: how do we achieve that?
found out the hard way, what shouldn’t be
done in order to get the Christafarian out
of the dangerous position he unknowingly
finds himself in?
you know it you find yourself in the middle
of a debate in which you will never be able
to reach to the point because of the many
can’t be done by writing letters to
Christafari in which it is explained how the definition of Rastafari and
the methodology of “witnessing to Rastas”
have no biblical and logical basis, because
at best you’ll get a private response.
can’t also be done by trying to publicly
debate Christafari associates, regardless of
the abundance of argumentation, in the hope
that the thirsty Christafarian who reads
along realizes his thirst.
it can be done if we witness
to the Christafarian.
him how to drink, not only where the water
is. Drink from the water of your
argumentation. Witness what the water does
will then realize his thirst and wonder how
he could ever been so blind to deny the
faith of so many of his Brothers and Sisters
in Yesus Kristos who are born again through Messiah Yeshua just as he.